A patio can be just like another room in your house. Patios add style to the landscape of a home and provide comfort and fashion. But patios need shades and covers as well. Patio awnings are awnings specifically made for patios. Patio awnings are usually made of a canvass of acrylic, yarn and occasionally vinyl. Patio awnings are coverings placed over the patio area in order to provide protection from various types of weather conditions. The awnings are normally placed at a height that allows ample headroom for people to stand in the patio area and move about freely. In most designs, the patio awning is anchored on the exterior wall along one side of the patio area and is usually supported with some type of frame construction of wood or metal. The awning provides shade as well as protection from wind and rain. Materials like wood, aluminum, steel, iron and other metals support the fabric. Manufacturers of awnings make it light-weighted intentionally so that the users could allow sunlight to come in when they wish. These coverings offer great convenience since these can be folded and carried around.
A typical patio awning has a body of canvas that is draped over a supporting frame. The frame helps to provide definition to the shape and dimensions of the awning, as well as to keep the awning in place. While sturdy, the frame is usually constructed with lightweight materials, notably aluminum. The canvas normally includes fibers that resist fading and damage from exposure to the elements, such as acrylic and polyester.